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Swiss Finance Museum


The Swiss Finance Museum offers a new multimedia exhibition, illustrating the origins of the economic system as well as the major significance of the financial market and its infrastructure for our everyday life.

The exhibition focuses on stock exchange trading, the capital market, financial instruments, payment transactions and technical objects which demonstrate the exemplary innovation of the financial industry.

Patek Philippe Museum


The museum shows two important collections concerning the history of watches and of the watchmaking:
• The Antiques Collection: collection of Genevan, Swiss and European watches and enamels dating from the 16th to the early 19th century.
• The Patek Philippe Collection: watches designed and created by Patek Philippe since its foundation in 1839 up to the present day.

The museum also houses a library featuring more than 7,000 works on watchmaking and related subject-matter.

Museum of Fine Arts Bern


The Museum of Fine Arts Bern shows temporary exhibitions. Its collection comprises works from the Gothic era to the present and currently comprises over 4,000 paintings and sculptures as well as 48,000 drawings, prints, photographs, videos and films.

Castle of Prangins


Besides temporary exhibitions, the Castle of Prangins shows also two permanent exhibitions:

Museum Hermann Hesse


A permanent exhibition shows Hermann Hesse's life in Montagnola. The personal belongings, photos, books and watercolour paintings reflect the writer's character, but also Hesse as a private person.

Numerous photos, illustrations and drawings from the exhibits are available in the online gallery.

Museum Tinguely Basel - Library/Archives/Documentation


The collection of the archives and library of the Museum Tinguely covers all the publications, documents and various other materials of information by and on Jean Tinguely and his time, furthermore lexica and essays on art of the 20th century as well as «grey literature» (brochures, invitation cards, posters, flyers and press clippings):

Museum Tinguely Basel


The Museum Tinguely - created by the architect Mario Botta - shows in temporary exhibitions works of the painter, designer and sculptor Jean Tinguely (1925-1991).

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst


The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst presents temporary exhibitions and owns a collection with a core inventory of around 500 works concentrating on Minimal Art, German painting, Swiss Art, contemporary art (e.g.

Clock and Watch Museum Beyer


The exhibition consists of some 500 pieces from all fields of chronology, which are examined in technical and scientific terms as well as from an art-history point of view.

The museum contains chronological instruments dating from 1400 BC right up to the present day - shadow sticks, sundials, oil clocks, hourglasses, water clocks, grandfather clocks, table clocks, pocket watches, wristwatches, and scientific and navigation chronometers.


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